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Woman Sues Over Bug Bomb Blast

A woman injured in an apartment explosion caused by a proliferation of bug foggers is suing the owners of the apartment complex.

Myra Miles-Brown suffered back injuries and hearing loss in the Feb. 3 blast, which was caused by what police said were too many of the devices commonly known as bug bombs going off at once.

In a lawsuit filed by attorney Tony Buzbee, Miles-Brown asks for $5 million in damages.

The blast happened around 7:30 a.m. at the Mesquite Wood Apartments in the 5800 block of Delaney Road, according to police reports.

Hitchcock Housing Limited, the company that owns and operates Mesquite Wood, did not return telephone calls seeking comment Friday.

The lawsuit claims that negligence by the company led to the blast, which occurred after a maintenance man placed an 18th bug bomb in Miles-Brown’s two-bedroom apartment. Officials later said he had planned on placing 30 in the apartment. The devices’ packaging suggests using only one in each room.

Miles-Brown was inside the apartment when it blew up.

Authorities at the scene told The Daily News on Feb. 3 they believed the pilot light of the apartment’s water heater ignited the blast.

The explosion blew off several nearby windows and doors, buckled and destroyed several sections of brick walls and knocked out sections of drywall in neighboring apartments.

 

Scott E. Williams
The Daily News
February 18, 2006
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